Speaking of architecture...
1311 (when Lincoln Cathedral in England surpassed the Great Pyramid of
Giza in Egypt) until 1884, 573 years, the tallest building in the world
was always a Christian church. But in 1884 Cologne Cathedral (pictured) was
surpassed by the Washington Monument, celebrating the leader of the
American Revolution, and five years later by the Eiffel Tower,
celebrating the centennial of the French Revolution. The record would
never be held by a church again. Food for thought.